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The Indian Advocate.
$230,000; in another year $140,000; in fact, the amount is never looked after. Every year she is willing to make good the shortage to keep those schools wielding the influences of Catholic civilization and Catholic religion. (Applause.) You may claim, perhaps, that we have an annual collec tion for the Negro and Indian missions. We have, gentle men, and we have little reason to feel proud of it. In the United States, with a membership of twelve millions of Cath olics, our annual contributions for the Negro and Indian mis- m nnjna aiuuuuia iu puu,uuu, ij.ctii Ul liili gues iu tut iicgiu and half to the Indian. The Methodist Church alone in this country raises $89,000 for the perversion of our Bohemian, our Italian, our Polish, our Slav and foreign population $89,000 a year it raises for this specific purpose! And here is f the large body of the Catholic Church, outnumbering any other I M two denominations, and in zeal outstripping them all, giving only $80,000! True, the condition is unknown to you, gentle men, and therefore I stand before you to make an appeal to you to espouse the cause of the continued efforts of Christ ianizing the Indian and help to maintain our Catholic Indian schools We have reason to expect much from our present Chief Executive of the Nation, President Roosevelt. (Applause.) I speak, gentlemen, advisedly. I weigh every word 1 say with the utmost deliberation, and I contend that we have re ceived more, as far as the Catholic Indian work is concerned, fiom our present Chief Executive than we have from any President since the days of General Grant. (Applause.) We speak of our President as too strenuous and too blunt. Gentlemen, rather give me the gruff bluntness of an open-faced rough-rider than the smirking unctuousness of a Janus-faced Machiavelli, or the jellyfish pliancy of a truckling demagogue. (Applause.) I will not enumerate what he has done, but I will reiter ate, gentlemen, what Bishop Messmer said yesterday, that if